For over a decade the Mission has been one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the nation when it comes to nightlife. The young and diverse population has created an incubator for fresh ideas in the arts, music, food, fashion and even cocktails. Start with a dinner reservation, then walk up Valencia or 24th Street, and use the map in this guide to find drinks, theatre, DJs and dancing, bowling, or even indoor miniature golf!
As for music, the Mission District has always had a beat of its own. Carlos Santana learned his chops at Mission High, and bands such as Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express are still carrying on his legacy. On any given day you can hear a Latin band jamming from a studio on 24th Street or a mariachi group playing on the streets or in one of the many bars and restaurants. There are constant drums, horns and voices to be heard echoing up from the streets of the Mission district.
Venues are abundant. Amnesia offers a variety of local bands and comedy. The Chapel features everyone from funk flavored DJs to national touring acts. Make Out Room serves up a diverse mix of singer-songwriters, country-western, punk-garage, DJs and today's best and brightest upstarts. The Rite Spot is a haven for those seeking new thrills in unexpected settings. And don't forget The Verdi Club for a wide variety of music, comedy and cabaret. Asiento features live jazz and acoustic performances as well as local DJs programming most nights of the week. More DJ culture action can be found at Slate Bar which offers a range from EDM to house, reggae and everything in between. Public Works showcases the best in art and DJ culture.
If it's a festival you crave, the Mission also is the home to Carnaval San Francisco which takes place every May on Memorial Day weekend features endless conga lines of drummers and dancers and a variety of musical flavors.
makes its home in the Mission and they have a street festival here during the summer months. The Phono Del Sol Music Festival features cutting edge indie and alternative
Regardless of the style, music is the heartbeat of the Mission.
It's as diverse as the people who make up this truly unique
San Francisco community and your visit can pulse to virtually
The Mission is rich with entertainment options from theatre and film to stand-up, solo performance and much more:
Housed in a former armory, The Armory Community Center offers nearly an acre of event space under an 80’ barrel ceiling.
Built in 1926, the York Theater was renovated as Brava Theater Center to cultivate artistic expressions of women, people of color, youth, LGBTQ and other unheard voices.
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts offers classes and programs that promote, preserve and develop Latino cultural arts.
The ODC Theatre is the site of over 150 performances a year involving nearly 1,000 local, regional, national and international artists.
Joe Goode Annex - home of Joe Goode Performance Group - serves as a multi-purpose community resource available.
Built in 1909, The Roxie, San Francisco’s oldest continually operating theater, showcases art, music, foreign and documentary films and hosts several popular film festivals.
The Victoria Theatre. Built a year before the Roxie, the Victoria, originally a vaudeville house, was restored close to its original state in the 1970s. A city landmark, it hosts plays, concerts, musicals and more.
The Marsh describes itself as “a breeding ground for new performance.” The 12,000 square foot community arts center includes two theaters, a comedy club, a cafe and a youth theater.
Community Music Center offers intimate concerts and recitals covering everything from classical music and jazz to flamenco, as well as an extensive roster of classes for all ages.
StageWerx presents plays, musicals, stand-up, storytelling, solo performance, improv, sketch and more, specializing in eclectic, offbeat and daring performance.
Theatre of Yugen is an ensemble of artists creating works of world theater influenced by classical Japanese dramatic forms of Noh and Kyogen.
Z Space commissions and produces an annual season of new works from a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, music, performance art and new media.
Acción Latina produces a free, bilingual newspaper, plus a rich mix of cultural events that reflect the diversity of Latino communities.
From showgirls to ballerinas, the Mission’s unique and vivacious dance culture embraces original artistic expression and inclusiveness among a myriad of amazing spaces available to create, rehearse and perform.
ODC Dance Commons is one of the most active centers for dance on the West Coast, with an impressive two-building campus and a renowned resident contemporary dance company. Many groups share space on the ODC campus including Rhythm & Motion which offers fun dance-based workout classes for the general public.
Joe Goode Performance Group promotes understanding, compassion and tolerance among people through the innovative use of accessible and thoughtful dance theater, presenting over two dozen original works since its founding in 1986.
Dance Mission Theater is a multicultural dance center and offering a full range of adult and children's classes from hip hop to Salsa to Afro-Caribbean to taiko to modern dance. Also the home of Dance Brigade, a social-change-oriented modern dance company.
The Devil-Ettes are a synchronized go-go dance troupe specializing in forgotten dances from the 1960s including the Twist, the Frug, and the Monkey. The troupe has had over 30 Mission girls and women participate over the years. Many live in the area so you just might see them roller-skating around Valencia and 16th Streets.
The Hot Pink Feathers are a dance troupe dedicated to awakening the showgirl in every woman. The girls have shimmied and shaken their tail feathers in just about every music venue throughout the Mission and at the annual SF Carnaval parade.
The fiery art of flamenco is alive and well with performances from San Francisco Theatre Flamenco and Mision Flamenca at venues in the Mission such as Bissap Baobab Village and around the Bay Area.
Not content to sit by the sidelines? Most groups also offer classes to help get your heels clicking. For some spicy salsa moves those who know recommend Cesar’s Latin Palace and on 10:00 p.m. every Saturday at Make Out Room. You can find opportunities to sample swing, ballroom and just about any dance genre that moves you. There is also an endless array of bars and nightclubs offering DJs spinning hits to keep your feet moving.